1 [preg-nuhnt]
having a child or other offspring developing in the body; with child or young, as a woman or female mammal.
fraught, filled, or abounding (usually followed by with ): a silence pregnant with suspense.
teeming or fertile; rich (often followed by in ): a mind pregnant in ideas.
full of meaning; highly significant: a pregnant utterance.
of great importance or potential; momentous: a pregnant moment in the history of the world.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin praegnant- (stem of praegnāns), variant of praegnās, equivalent to prae- pre- + *gnāt- (akin to (g)nātus born, gignere to bring into being) + -s nominative singular ending

pregnantly, adverb
pregnantness, noun Unabridged
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pregnant (ˈprɛɡnənt)
1.  carrying a fetus or fetuses within the womb
2.  full of meaning or significance
3.  inventive or imaginative
4.  prolific or fruitful
[C16: from Latin praegnāns with child, from prae before + (g)nascī to be born]

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Word Origin & History

"convincing, weighty, pithy," late 14c., from O.Fr. preignant, prp. of preindre, from earlier priembre, from L. premere "to press" (see press (v.1)).

"with child," 1545, from L. prægnantem (nom. prægnans, originally prægnas) "with child," lit. "before birth," probably from præ- "before" + root of gnasci "be born." Used much earlier in Eng. in fig. senses (1413); the late record probably reflects its status as a taboo word,
which it somewhat retained until c.1950; modern euphemisms include anticipating, enceinte, expecting, in a family way, in a delicate (or interesting) condition. Slang preggers is recorded from 1942. O.E. terms included mid-bearne, lit. "with child;" bearn-eaca, lit. "child-adding" or "child-increasing;" and geacnod "increased." Among c.1800 slang terms for "pregnant" were poisoned (in ref. to the swelling).
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Medical Dictionary

pregnant preg·nant (prěg'nənt)
Carrying developing offspring within the body.

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